Fabio Aru has become the lastest rider to join Qhubeka-Assos in the WorldTour in 2021.
Aru said of the opportunity: ‘In the last few years I haven’t experienced all of the success that I’d hoped for and so I will use this new step to draw from some of the simple factors that saw me achieve those results, as I know that I’m capable again of similar success.’
After Japanese company NTT pulled its sponsorship doubts loomed as to whether the team, which began as MTN-Qhubeka and spent three years as Team Dimension Data, would find a new sponsor in time.
Big names including Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Michael Valgren, Louis Meintjes and Giro d’Italia stage winner Ben O’Connor left while the squad’s future was uncertain meaning there were places for riders like Aru and Tanfield who found themselves off the WorldTour.
On Aru’s arrival, team principal Doug Ryder said: ‘To have a rider who has won a Grand Tour in the Vuelta, been fifth in the Tour de France and twice on the podium of the Giro adds a lot to our team’s development as we continue to strive to win on the world’s biggest stage; to inspire hope and create opportunity.’
Source: Cycling – Cyclist